Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


This whole get up was due to the incredible 70's-80's Dance Party put on by our church's Young Adults. Of course, we supported them 100%! Steve was oh so proud to be Ace Frehley for the night. And I was his groupie-makeup artist-stylist-date. What a blast!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Being Thankful

This is my favorite time of year. I love this season, in fact being thankful and having a heart of gratitude gets serious points in my book. Just ask my kids. It seems like everything goes against this teaching... discontentment, always wanting more, it never being enough, or just plain old whining.

It is something in the business of life that I must make a conscious effort to do...not because it is hard, I just overlook some of the greatest things to be thankful for because I am staring at piles of laundry and dust!

So here is the short list:
1. My family. I have a hard working husband who is always looking for ways to make his three girls happy. He gives of his time, and whatever else is needed. My lovely girls...they make me smile daily. Sometimes I hug a little too hard and long. I guess I want them to know that they make my life complete.
2. My friends. They are my family. They surely are given to me from the Lord. I can never say I am a lonely girl...because of them. Even my blogging friends, they let me see things outside of my normal everyday world. For that I am thankful.
3. My church. It is a group of people who love the Lord and serve Him in a way that is inspiring. I am so thankful I can be myself and be loved.
4. A good job. Homeschooling is a chance to use my gift of teaching. (This is the play we went to a few weeks ago. It was the story of Scrooge. It was very inspiring to the kids to look into Kid's Theatre)
5. Steve's job. He loves it. I am so thankful that he gets to use his talents and has a passion for it. Because of our blessings and good stewardship, we have let the ten year old white camry go to the Toyota heaven and we have a new blessing, Mr. Blue.
I could go on and on, but I said it was a short list. We are heading to a vacation for the Thanksgiving holidays and for that I am THANKFUL! Feel loved, because you are.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ancient Greek Symposium

Our day usually begins like most school days...pledging our allegiance.

And then...things look a little different.

This day we gathered to experience some facts and ideas of Ancient Greece. Vases were drawn, gods and goddesses and myths were discussed, health and well being were taught, columns were designed and created, laurel wreaths were woven and assembled and there was a great symposium with a feast.

This was a fun game called "honey, I love ya, but I just can't smile." They all sure cracked up!

This was the table feast I prepared. We discussed olive trees and their uses. Sheep and lambs and their products, like Feta cheese and yogurt. I created a kid-friendly baklava using cinnamon rolls instead of phyllo dough, it was a big hit. Sweet bread from honey and crescent rolls along with hummus was on the table too. Pita bread to make mini gyros, watered down wine aka grape juice, honey on fruit, some squid and baked chicken rounded out the menu. They were very adventurous with their willingness to taste new things. What fun!

The worst part of the feast was when I told all the girls that they would not have been invited because they were not men...and only men attended the symposiums...well, I told them they could come if they served the food, drinks, sang, danced, or even did acrobatics...they all boo-ed the idea down...but the boys loved it!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our own Keeping Quilt

Just look at the fifth generation laying on these quilts. We read the Keeping Quilt, by Patricia Polacco, this week. It was a great chance to get out the quilts sewn by both of my great-great grandmothers from my mothers side. One of them immigrated as a child from Germany, that would be Grandmother Pister. The other one was made from Grandmother Ulrich who was born here to Russian immigrant parents. What a wonderful time to share a bit of our history together. We thought up all kinds of adventures that we believed these quilts might have been on.

We were wondering about the fabrics cut into pieces and used to make these patterns.
This one is more worn and has the small knotted strings tying the layers together. I was reminded again how special sharing the past is with the new generations. Thanks for the reminder, Ms. Polacco.
I highly recommend her collection of books...she is a great illustrator and uses her own life stories to share stories we all can relate to. Two of them are read aloud on this site. We have learned about bee keeping, imaginary friends, brothers and silly neighbors.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Queens have spoken!

This year's Halloween included quite a list of characters. Queen bee, two Queen Cleopatras, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Momma! Chloe was a hit with her robot antics, and little miss ladybug flitted all around. Mario was too much with his mustache, and Taylor yelled Go Gator's at every new picture taken! So fun!